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    Arrow FountainPenn House of Publishing / FountainPenn Enterprises

    Greetings!

    I have a quick question for everyone...

    Does anybody have any information on FountainPenn Enterprise? Are they legit? Can they be trusted?

    Any information would be great.

    Thanks again!

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    Weird coincidence.

    I just emailed one of the owners today about a writing assignment -- it was from last year, long story, blah, blah, blah.

    Anyway -- I think they're okay, but I'm going to be writing for the SPNews side of the table. Their launch, as far as their email to me last year was concerned, was February 2005 and, from what I googled before contacting them, it appears they had a writer's conference.

    I'm a little leary, though, because my initial contact received an immediate response . . . when I replied asking them to remind me what their payment and terms were, there was no reply. It could be just a coincidence (like this one ), but it still kind of struck me as odd.
    Last edited by jenngreenleaf; 04-25-2006 at 02:40 AM. Reason: whoops -- used the word "today" twice.

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    Well. Okay then. That's certainly enlightening . . . and explains why they didn't reply. Dammit. I could have sworn they were a paying market . . . and both of these threads were started ten months after I made my initial contact with them. :: sighs :: So it never crossed my mind to check again. Ugh. Lesson learned. Check, then recheck, then check six or seven more times.

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    I have been in contact with them about helping me publish my next book, but am starting to rethink things...

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    I entered and was chosen a contest winner 7 months ago..the prize was 50 and I paid 20 to enter I still have not received any prize. My guess is they are legit , but not stable.

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    Hey all! Quick update on Fountain Penn...

    I sent them an $89 deposit to start my cover work and all that fun stuff...

    Well what do you know; they shut down operations including email and phone! A scam if I have ever seen one...

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    They charge for Cover Art?

    I didn't think that happened anywhere. Sounds fishy to start with. I could it for you for $59.
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    I suppose I'm glad I didn't work with them. Quite a while ago they contacted me about editing the text on their website, but something just didn't feel right about it. When I discussed rates (even low ones!) they dropped off the face of the earth, or so it seemed. Then the website disappeared. I thought that was strange. ETA: The last correspondence I have from FountainPenn is from October 2005.

    "They" are Roberto & Danielle-Kim Davis.

    What's really sad is that the company was owned/created by a "Christian" couple--and if they are swindling it reflects badly on the rest of us.

    I don't know if it will help, but here are a few links with some possible contact information:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pucciniwritingservices
    http://www.lulu.com/fountainpennedu
    http://www.writers.net/writers/41160
    http://www.freelancewriting.com/jobbank/article4572.htm
    http://www.freelancewriting.com/jobbank/article5103.htm
    http://www.freelancewriting.com/jobbank/article4843.htm
    http://www.freelancewriting.com/jobbank/article4603.htm
    http://www.freelancewriting.com/jobbank/article4585.htm
    http://www.freelancewriting.com/jobbank/article4242.htm
    http://www.freelancewriting.com/jobbank/article4278.htm
    http://www.freelancewriting.com/jobbank/article4306.htm
    http://www.freelancewriting.com/jobbank/article4571.htm
    http://www.freelancewriting.com/jobbank/article4241.htm
    http://www.freelancewriting.com/jobbank/article3684.htm

    They're also registered on such places as GetAFreelancer.

    Apparently they have started a new endeavor as Puccini Writing Services, and become a new entity on FreelanceWriting.com with the following usernames:

    WritingChallenge
    WritingSuccess06
    WritingTempsToday
    Get Published

    And some contact info being featured on the sites:

    robdani1997@aol.com
    robdani1997@hotmail.com
    robdani1997@yahoo.com
    writingtempstoday@yahoo.com
    pucciniwrites@yahoo.com
    dan@selfpublishnews.com
    cofeehouseavis@yahoo.com

    What's even more--there appears to be another Puccini Writing Services with a completely unrelated man!

    I contacted them recently about another editing opportunity, and didn't realize there was a connection until tonight when I just connected them with the Puccini address! Gotta love that light dawning on ya!

    Roberto and Danielle--do these people a favor and refund their money!
    Last edited by TemlynWriting; 07-27-2006 at 05:39 PM. Reason: Added some more info
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    Just found another instance where the owners of FountainPenn have created a new organization. They seem to be running quite a few, according to their various usernames on freelancewriting.com.

    The username Rebeccadkd made me wonder about the dkd being Danielle-Kim Davis, of Roberto and Danielle-Kim Davis. This curiosity led me to check out the address listed with the website given in one of the posts.

    You see, they're asking for proofreaders, yet I saw a great deal on the website that needed proofreading. And they want to train proofreaders and writers? Notice the random capitalization and punctuation.

    According to this website:

    Online Writing Success

    We are a new online writing agency that offers writing positions (temp & perm) within our organization and other reputable companies. We are looking for several writers throughout the course of the year. We are currently hiring writers to join our online community. We service companies from the US to China.

    Upon Registering for this course you will receive an email confirmation. Please submit your hours of availability to: rebeccadkd@hotmail.com (ATTENTION: Rebecca)

    Office Hours: 24 hours

    120 Franklin Avenue, Suite 186

    Scranton PA, 18503

    (267) 317-4730


    This is the exact address listed on their page at Writers.net:

    Danielle-Kim Davis
    120 Franklin Avenue, Suite 186
    Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States

    Email: robdani2001@fountainpenn.com

    Home page: www.selfpublishnews.com

    My husband and I are co-authors of two books.


    (Of course we know that the addresses listed for fountainpenn and selfpublishnews are defunct.)

    They have a writing course they are requiring, and the fee is $3, supposedly refundable, but after hearing of the money they have yet to refund to others, I have to wonder:

    During training, you will be taught the basic principles of writing and how to improve your writing skills so that you can earn more money. To sign up for your two week training course, there is a one time refundable fee of $3.00. This fee is not a fee to work this fee it is a one time administrative fee. We guarantee that our techniques will prepare you to land better paying freelance writing jobs whether you decide to continue to work with us or to venture out on you own.

    All I can say is beware. Between the various usernames and new businesses they are creating (Puccini Writing Services, etc.--see above post for more information), I'm sorry to say that this doesn't look good.

    ETA: Oh yeah, and when you click the Paypal icon on these pages (one and two), the Paypal e-mail address that comes up is: robdani1997@yahoo.com

    So, no doubt that it's them.
    Last edited by TemlynWriting; 07-27-2006 at 06:00 PM.
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    Thank you for this information! I am going to try and contact them this way. I will let you know what happens...

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    Cool FountainPenn Lives

    Good Morning Ladies,

    Let me begin by introducing myself. My name is Roberto Lee Davis. That's right--you guessed it. I am the CEO/ President of FountainPenn Inc. I just wanted to inform you that the web site will be up and running again no later than tomorrow. HOORAY!
    Now, for the nitty-gritty. I was shocked and amazed when I read the threads about my website, reputation and company. I have one thing to say...THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    Inadvertantly, you increased our business by 30%. While we were retooling the business and enhancing our website, you tickled suspicions and curiosities of browsers and bored, unhappy individuals. BRAVO, ladies...a job well done. I suppose it takes self-important, talentless, insecure and repressed women to help a website increase business. Hmmm...question, do the Fortune 500 corporations know about your secret methods? You may want to look into this
    Finally, if you want to mention our relationship with Lulu, that's fine, but they are a reputable company that's doing very well. Not to mention that we only have 1 published book through Lulu. If you want to insult us, do your homework. Your research is sloppy and incomplete. We have other published novels as well...outside of Lulu.
    I am out of here, unfair ladies.

    Adios!
    Last edited by robertleon; 08-01-2006 at 07:38 PM. Reason: Clarity

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    No, thank you for confirming all our suspicions.
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    Cool Check out the new website!

    www.fountainpenn.org

    Incredible...Riveting...Phenomonal!

    -Critics across the web find this web-site favorable

    Actually, I'm just pleased that I can have my web-site up and running again.
    Okay, ladies...find your keyboards. Alright...on your mark; Get Set...GO!!!
    Let the games begin!

    "Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."
    -Anonymous-

    Ciao!

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    Option 1)

    Reply to suspicion and criticism with counter-arguments and transperancy about one's business model.

    Option 2)

    Reply to suspicion and criticism with personal insults and smarm.

    Readers will, of course, draw their own conclusions.
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    Hello Roberto,

    First off, there is no need to be insulting, especially if you are a proclaimed Christian. That just looks bad for the rest of the Christian community. Our posts here were not meant to be insulting toward you, but informative to others. There are several who posted here who feel that you stole their money! What have you to say about that?

    Second, we are not all ladies here at this forum. You may be mistaking this forum for another that is just-for-ladies.

    Third, we have no problem with publishing through Lulu. In fact, AbsoluteWrite's own Stories of Strength weas published via Lulu. However, we have a problem with those who take advantage of other writers.

    What about these messages and questions addressed to you? No answer for them?
    Quote Originally Posted by artsoul18
    I entered and was chosen a contest winner 7 months ago..the prize was 50 and I paid 20 to enter I still have not received any prize. My guess is they are legit , but not stable.
    Quote Originally Posted by wvuauthor
    Hey all! Quick update on Fountain Penn...

    I sent them an $89 deposit to start my cover work and all that fun stuff...

    Well what do you know; they shut down operations including email and phone! A scam if I have ever seen one...
    Quote Originally Posted by Grady
    They charge for Cover Art? I didn't think that happened anywhere. Sounds fishy to start with. I could it for you for $59.
    G
    We don't take pride in people being blacklisted, so if you would like to clear your reputation of taking people's money, then by all means, please do so!
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    Quote Originally Posted by robertleon
    Good Morning Ladies,

    Let me begin by introducing myself. My name is Roberto Lee Davis. That's right--you guessed it. I am the CEO/ President of FountainPenn Inc. I just wanted to inform you that the web site will be up and running again no later than tomorrow. HOORAY!
    Now, for the nitty-gritty. I was shocked and amazed when I read the threads about my website, reputation and company. I have one thing to say...THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    Inadvertantly, you increased our business by 30%.
    While we were retooling the business and enhancing our website, you tickled suspicions and curiosities of browsers and bored, unhappy individuals. BRAVO, ladies...a job well done. I suppose it takes self-important, talentless, insecure and repressed women to help a website increase business. Hmmm...question, do the Fortune 500 corporations know about your secret methods? You may want to look into this
    Finally, if you want to mention our relationship with Lulu, that's fine, but they are a reputable company that's doing very well. Not to mention that we only have 1 published book through Lulu. If you want to insult us, do your homework. Your research is sloppy and incomplete. We have other published novels as well...outside of Lulu.
    I am out of here, unfair ladies.

    Adios!
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    Rule 7: Refer to people on the forum as "hacks" or "talentless wannabes" who should spend more time on their writing than posting on forums.

    Rule 15: Claim that the negative publicity has actually increases sales/web-site hits.

    Roberto: You get points for 1 and 2. However, you missed "wannabe" from rule 7. Always include "wannabe". You also missed your opportunity to lambast posters for being there, but perhaps the "bored, unhappy individuals" comment counts. Full points for Rule 15.

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    Just wanted to mention these developments:

    http://www.wahm.com/forum/forum_post...362&PN=1&TPN=1 (In which the "editor" spews Christian curses.)

    http://www.freelancewriting.com/foru...p?topic=2415.0

    http://www.freelancewriting.com/foru...p?topic=2582.0

    http://www.freelancewriting.com/foru...p?topic=2500.0

    http://www.freelancewriting.com/foru...p?topic=2599.0

    http://www.freelancewriting.com/foru...p?topic=2545.0

    http://www.freelancewriting.com/foru...?topic=2517.15

    Please, folks (Roberto and Danielle-Kim)--if you want your names cleared, it would be easy enough for you to do so. We're not gossiping, as you believe. We're stating facts and sharing experiences. It's up to you to change your own reputation.
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    What I find amusing is that a search for "FountainPenn Inc" comes up with that snotty post in this thread as the first google result. And just "FountainPenn" has this thread as the number two result.
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    Hey all!

    I have been back in touch with them about my $89 refund. They stated that they are going to send it by the end of this week. If they do, that would be great, but I am not counting on it.

    I will keep you all up to date!

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    ? I thought I responded in this thread?

    Anyways, reading the freelancewriting site it is apparent that writingtemptoday/fountainpenn/Puccinni are scammers. The excuses flow from a playbook.

    The best bit is (an example here is post #4) where the company posts an "exchange" of emails showing how it isn't them, its the nasty client who is refusing to pay!!
    For some strange reason, I don't believe it to be authentic...
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    hH contacted me via E mail about a week or 2 ago and asked me if I had received my prize money and to submit a bill. I have not received anything yet.

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    FountainPenn Enterprise

    “I feel all these setbacks were tools for me to learn from. I used them as stepping-stones and didn’t see them as failures. A failure is when you stop trying, and I never did that.”
    -Tom Monaghan, Founder of Domino’s

    To Our: Customers and Writers



    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience. We are approaching our first year anniversary. We had our ups and downs. This has been a great learning experience for the both of us. When FountainPenn was originally established back in 2001, we self-published our first book, Under Surveillance and our second book Middle School Cool Vol. 1. After reading and hearing stories about writers who were not able to get their work published and plagued by the possibility of never becoming published authors, we decided that it would be a wonderful idea to help writers get published.

    Eventually, we received an abundance of orders from writers. Danielle designed the book covers, the website and helped me with the proofreading and editing. Then we suddenly received insurmountable requests for changes with authors’ book cover designs and manuscripts. At the very last minute, the author would want to add more chapters or change the direction of their book. This set us back dearly.

    Danielle and I have worked in the corporate worked for over 10 years with top companies such as Cablevision, Chase Bank, Sprint PCS and Verizon. At these fortune 500 companies, we have been taught that the customer comes first. So, at FountainPenn, we focused on each and every customer not realizing that we were falling behind and deadlines where quickly approaching.

    Sometimes, Danielle had to stop in the middle of a project and take our own customer service calls. At one point, we felt like we were back in the corporate world. We were deescalating calls left and right. We felt like calling out, “Supervisor!” but there was no supervisor to take over our calls. This is when we decided to deal strictly with customers online. Customer requests became easier to handle although we were still behind on our projects.

    Danielle and I had a meeting over lunch one day and decided to hire a couple of people to help us out. We even took on freelancing projects to help us raise money so that we could increase our staff because we could not handle the heavy work load. We eventually were given the opportunity to work on a couple of large projects. We had to hire a staff of writers to help us complete these writing projects in a timely fashion. We thought that by hiring writers, they would help us write articles for these writing assignments and that would be it. We would pay them for their hard work and take the funds that was left and put it back into FountainPenn to hire experienced personnel to help us reduce the work load. Meanwhile, was quickly winding up.

    We began receiving work from writers. We reviewed and edit the work and some of the work came back from copyscape as ‘plagiarized’. A couple of our clients refused to pay for the work because it was copied and pasted and there was no time to re-write the work. Whether the writers’ works were copied and pasted intentionally, we will never know unless they confess in doing so.

    The largest project that we had was an Interior Decorating writing project; this time when Danielle and I received plagiarized work we had the software capabilities to track it down and when we ask the writers who did plagiarize to re-write the work, so that it would pass, some of our writers cooperated with us while others became irate and would demand to be paid at that very moment. Some writers even threatened to exploit us and tell everyone that we were scammers.

    After explaining to our writers that their payments would be processed once they handed in ‘original’ work, I wouldn’t hear from them ever again. So, Danielle and I would be left with bad articles that needed to be re-written. Meanwhile, the deadline for our publishing projects where approaching.

    When we finally finished our writing assignments, days would pass and we would have to contact our clients regarding over due payments. Some of our clients paid promptly while others did not. Our large Interior Decorating writing project had an outstanding debt. We kept constant contact with this client but they were taking forever to pay. In the meantime, our writers where becoming frustrated and began to wonder if they were being scammed. Danielle and I only collected half of the overdue payments; the remainder of the outstanding debt is in collections.

    Danielle and I both spent the majority of our days and nights trying to get publishing projects completed and at the same time worry about receiving payments from our clients and deescalating our ticked off writers. Ugly rumors began to penetrate the Internet like an exploding ink pen. One writing group called Absolute Write Water Cooler, an Internet gossip forum, started a thread written by WVU Authors. WVU, one of our former authors who requested publishing services, had trouble getting his book published because he needed to get special insurance coverage. Danielle went out of her way and designed 2 book covers and we both made phone calls to various insurance agencies to find insurance for him, we even offered to pay the insurance for him. Of course WVU Authors never mentioned that in the Absolute Write Water Cooler forum. Absolute Write Water Cooler tracked our every move. I was beginning to feel like the characters in our novel ‘Under Surveillance: A Family’s Dilemma’. They did everything but go through our garbage and junk email.

    Even before we got a chance to send in this man’s work, he pulled out of the deal and demanded his money back. At that point, his money had been eaten up by the labor that was done for his cover and finding the insurance for his book. I guess the only way he could take out his frustration was to begin a thread of rumors about FountainPenn. Meanwhile, Danielle was checking up on me and running back and forth from the nearest WiFi hotspot to log onto her laptop to run FountainPenn in my absence. At this point, we could have given up, but we kept on pressing towards the mark of excellence.

    While in the hospital, there were people who went and filed complaints at the Better Business Bureau. When they found out that we weren’t registered they immediately assumed that we were a scam. At that time, we were less than 9 months in business plus we were and still are an Internet based company.

    There were even people who we trusted in, who we asked for prayers from, turned their backs on us. That’s when we suddenly woke up from our ‘pizza and fairytale dreams’ and realized that Jesus Christ was turned against several times by people, even the day of his crucifixion, Peter betrayed Him. Why should we be exempt from being turned against from people?

    But through this process, God was holding our hands, guiding us on what to do and what not to do. He even revealed certain things and revealed the people who were turning against us. It was as if God sat us down in a movie theater and forced us to watch a movie about what was going on behind our backs. If Danielle and I weren’t connected with the Lord at the time of this ordeal, He might not have shown us the mess that was going on behind our backs but when you are right with God, have the Holy Ghost and when you are ‘prayed up’ he will reveal the deepest of secrets.

    There are only a hand full of people who stood by our side and never gave up on us and I would like to thank them for this…it will never be forgotten. (Now if I forgot to mention your name, please contact us and we will add your name to the list. This is a list of those who know and who were a 100% supportive to FountainPenn.)

    Mark Breau: Patient even though we were late with publishing his book. I’m sure he was frustrated….I know he was frustrated. There are times that I wondered if Mark was part angel. I felt like I was Jimmy Stewart in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and Mark was the angel. Mark is Heaven sent.

    Teresa Stanisha: Even though we owed her funds for her administrative services, she was willing to accept a payment arrangement. She has also been patient with her order of books. She is patient and a prime example of a Godly woman.

    Lavinia Masters: Has enough patience for ten people. She always encouraged us and kept us in prayer. There were days that I felt like throwing up my hands and giving up. I would read some of the emails that Lavinia sent to Danielle and that gave me the courage to never give up hope. Lavinia is also an example of a Godly woman.

    Brett Mccloe: Brett could have easily given up on us and demanded his money back. Brett has the gift of patience. He sends us suggestions on how to improve our business. He has given us the support that we need to keep on going.

    Dorothy Jenkins: Although Dorothy and her husband were on the verge of giving up hope in us, they stood by us and kept us in their prayers.

    Stuti: She is one of our writers. She is like Danielle’s prayer partner. Stuti comes onto our Instant Messenger at least 3 times a week. One day, Danielle and I were at our lowest. As Danielle was finishing up a project, Stuti came on and gave us encouraging words and volunteered to place us on her church prayer board. Stuti is lives in India.

    Mom: Mom always kept us in prayer and gave encouraging words. ‘Mom you will be rewarded’. Many mothers would have been a discouragement to a Son who decides to go into business for himself. I love you Mom.
    This goes for my Dad who passed before FountainPenn was even a thought; he always encouraged me while at Hofstra to never give up hope.

    My Late Father in Law and Late Mother In law: Although we didn’t always see eye-to-eye, my father in law always encouraged Danielle and I to work hard and he encouraged us to, ‘Seek ye first the Kingdom of God’. Danielle’s mother that I never met, I’m sure if she was alive, she would have been a great encouragement. She would have developed strategies to help FountainPenn succeed.

    Nana: Nana always encouraged us to keep God first and to never give up. Although she worries about us 24 hours a day, she always kept us in her prayers. She is our second customer to read Under Surveillance and knows all the characters in our book and she is close to 90 years old.

    Aunt: Deloris- she kept us in her prayers and was an encouragement. When we went to visit NY for my film rehearsal, Aunt Deloris and my cousins were very hospitalic during our official first month in business.

    Aunt Gloria & Diane was an encouragement to us on Christmas. Aunt Gloria gave us tips on how to help establish FountainPenn; she gave us business prospects and telephone numbers of people from her church. Aunt Gloria was a great encouragement to Danielle about starting her own business.

    Uncle Leroy and Vernetta- Always kept us in their prayers. They are not only family but mentors. Every time I feel discouraged about FountainPenn, I think about how God blessed them with their day care centers. They also inspired us to start our own business.

    Uncle: Joseph and Aunt Sheila: They are a great inspiration and they always kept me and Danielle in prayer. When I felt kind of down, they always gave encouraging words and never discouraged Danielle and me about our dreams and goals. Joseph prayed for our first novel before it was even published. When he came back from Iraq, God blessed us to get our first book published.

    Cousin Kisha: Although Kisha doesn’t know about what Danielle and I went through yet. She was always an encouragement. She is entreprenual minded. Kisha is family and a friend.

    Cousins Desiree, Brittany and Verneice: You all are great encouragement. (We have new jokes now). They made our Christmas of 2005 special.

    Cousins: Manrick & Ella Mae Were a great inspiration to Danielle and I visited their lovely home in early 2006. When our portable printer broke, they went out of their way to drive us all the way into town so that we can pick up a new one.

    Pastor Hutchinson and His Wife: Was there for us when we needed prayer and invited us to his home for New Years Eve.

    Ritu Saxena: Thank you for helping us with our customers’ book cover designs and our logo design as well as other projects. You will not be forgotten.

    To the Cast and Crew of Waiting for Valiant: Thank you for believing in me.

    To Kinko’s: Offered uninterrupted friendly atmosphere while we worked on our computer for hours

    Borders, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks and Northern Light: To the friendly staff of locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey who offered good customer service while we worked on various writing projects and delicious coffee, pastries and beverages.

    To the Media: WVU Authors Absolute Writer Cooler, and Freelancewriting.com: There is no animosity. I forgive you. Your negative comments and distorted information is only fuel to the fire of our success.

    God knows that Danielle and I always valued having a good reputation. We are not new to rumors and lies. When Danielle and I married in 1997, we moved up the wedding date, a rumor went on among family and friends that maybe it’s because they had sexual relations and Danielle is pregnant, if her mother knew, she would turn over in her grave. It didn’t matter that Danielle and I were virgins when we married. Satan’s hobby is to distort the truth. Danielle and I have been married for 9 years with one miss carriage in 2001. Quite frankly, I’m glad that the Lord hasn’t blessed us with children yet…this life is not easy. Right now, our baby is FountainPenn.

    Recently, people have volunteered their time to help us get FountainPenn a well oiled machine again. We are grateful to be blessed with a wonderful volunteer consulting staff. We have also found a more reliable printing company based close to our home in Pennsylvania. For those who were concerned or confused about our constant updates with the website, please understand that when our web designer is not available, Danielle is the one who is doing the updates on the website to better serve you. Our official web site will be launching in a few days. You can visit our sister site until the work is complete.

    Those who have book projects that have been delayed; we apologize for the delay and will get your book published and available before Christmas. This month we celebrate the following author book releases: Mark Breau, Lavinia Masters, Teresa Stanisha and Literally Speaking and Literary Loves Company contributing authors. Those who have decided to go to another self-publishing company will still receive their order of books. Those who have requested a refund on your deposit, you may contact me for payment arrangements if you haven’t received your refund yet.

    To our writers: if you haven’t received pay for any projects please contact me so that we can make arrangements with us.

    Danielle and I are no longer accepting any unsolicited manuscripts. We are only accepting 1-3 book projects per year not including our own. All manuscripts must be accompanied with a query letter. If we decide that your book is something that we would be interested in publishing you will be contacted through telephone or email. If your book is not published by us, we will direct you to a reputable company that will help you to get your book published. For further information, contact us for our new writer’s guidelines.

    FountainPenn will be coming out with our monthly company newsletter which is in lieu of our magazine, FountainPenn Ink which will be a celebration of our first official year in business.

    I truly believe in Tom Monaghan’s statement about setbacks and failures being stepping stones. With God’s help, we are making it!



    God Bless,

    Roberto Lee Davis
    President/Founder

    Danielle-Kim Davis
    Vice President
    Creative Director
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